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Hemorrhoids Specialist

Digestive Disease Care

Gastroenterologists & Hepatologists located in Lake Success, East Setauket, Mineola, Hicksville, Forest Hills, & Jamaica, NY

At Digestive Disease Care, the gastrointestinal experts are well-versed in diagnosing and treating painful hemorrhoids. At their New York offices in Mineola, Lake Success, East Setauket, and Hicksville in Long Island, and Forest Hills and Jamaica in Queens, the gastroenterologists treat hemorrhoids with the latest advancements in hemorrhoid ligation. This fast, effective in-office treatment can quickly relieve your pain without the need for surgery or downtime. Schedule a hemorrhoid consultation by calling Digestive Disease Care or by scheduling an appointment online today.

Hemorrhoids Q & A

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids describe swollen and enlarged veins that develop around your anus (external hemorrhoids) and in your lower rectum (internal hemorrhoids).

In most cases, hemorrhoids develop due to persistent straining during bowel movements. You may also be prone to hemorrhoids due to increased pressure on the veins as the result of pregnancy, obesity, or if you work in a job that requires frequent heavy lifting.

As you get older, your risk for hemorrhoids increases as the veins in your rectum and anus begin to weaken. If you’re not getting enough fiber in your diet or have underlying health issues that cause recurrent constipation, you also increase your risk for chronic hemorrhoids.

What are the symptoms of hemorrhoids?

A common symptom of hemorrhoids is a burning or itching sensation around your anus. You may also have a noticeable lump in the area.

When you have internal hemorrhoids, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Pain
  • Irritation
  • Bleeding during bowel movements

If blood pools in the affected vein, you may develop a clot that can cause severe pain, swelling, and a hard lump in the outside area of your anus.

When you can’t find relief of hemorrhoid pain or other symptoms with home care and over-the-counter treatments, schedule an evaluation at Digestive Disease Care to learn more about available treatments.

How are hemorrhoids treated?

The team at Digestive Disease Care offers customized solutions to relieving the pain and irritation of both simple and complex hemorrhoids. They first evaluate the location and size of the hemorrhoid during an exam to create the right treatment plan for you.

Your provider may recommend destroying the hemorrhoids using the CRH O’Regan hemorrhoid removal system, also known as hemorrhoid ligation. The process involves placing a rubber band around the vein to cut off blood circulation. The banding causes the hemorrhoid to shrink and eventually fall off, while blood reroutes to nearby, healthier veins.

Hemorrhoid ligation is an excellent alternative to invasive surgery for both internal and external hemorrhoids. The Digestive Disease Care team performs the treatment in office in just a few minutes, and you can expect to go back to your usual routine later the same day.

If you’re bothered by the persistent pain of hemorrhoids, schedule a consultation at Digestive Disease Care by calling the office or by booking an appointment online today.